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11-17-22, 01:25 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 3,439
Posted By Ironfish653

​​​​​​ I think you keep missing the part where...

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I think you keep missing the part where we explained that you have really cheap brakes on your bike.

V-brakes are bog simple to set up; As you've noticed, there's really only the spring...
11-15-22, 09:14 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 3,439
Posted By Ironfish653

Which is why, when you mount them under your...

Which is why, when you mount them under your chain stays, you call them "U-brakes"
But only us whippersnappers remember these :lol:
...
11-15-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 3,439
Posted By Ironfish653

You have to do that with any cable brakes to take...

You have to do that with any cable brakes to take off the wheel. You should not have to re-adjust anything afterwards.[/QUOTE]

I think he's talking about the straddle cable; which is exactly how...
11-13-22, 10:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,747
Posted By Ironfish653

I think it'd be ok to just let it go. KLEIN was a...

I think it'd be ok to just let it go. KLEIN was a boutique brand, and it still carries a lot of cachet, especially in vintage MTB circles. Making it TREK's mid-level aluminum line would dilute that,...
11-07-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 754
Posted By Ironfish653

I'm with you. I've got a '70s Bridgestone as my...

I'm with you. I've got a '70s Bridgestone as my 'townie' bike, and an old NightSun kit that doesn't see much action anymore. Time to start shopping porteur racks ;)
11-05-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,265
Posted By Ironfish653

The thing is, we're relying on all the vehicles...

The thing is, we're relying on all the vehicles one might encounter to appropriately identify and react to your presence, every time, under any conditions. They're getting better, but autonomously...
Forum: BMX
10-29-22, 11:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 15,677
Posted By Ironfish653

I did something similar with an old KLEIN MTB I...

I did something similar with an old KLEIN MTB I picked up over the summer: I actually used bars for a 150-cc class MX bike. (7/8" moto bars are 22.2mm :thumb:) I wanted mid-rise, a crossbar, and a...
10-25-22, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 445
Posted By Ironfish653

Yeah, Magura' s pretty much the only game in...

Yeah, Magura' s pretty much the only game in town.
The HS33 is the only one that got the radial master cylinder, the others all have the old-style lever.

​​​​​​On a budget? Maybe watch ebay...
10-24-22, 11:25 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,249
Posted By Ironfish653

+1 to the advantage of low traffic at night. ...

+1 to the advantage of low traffic at night.

I used to ride to work frequently when I was on 2nd shift (2p-11p) The midnight ride home was far less stressful than the daytime ride in; even in the...
10-23-22, 02:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 588
Posted By Ironfish653

+1 for the Chester's; they're pretty much the...

+1 for the Chester's; they're pretty much the go-to 'budget'-upgrade

PNW Components makes some nice stuff, if it's a little bit $$$, but they're having a sale right now. The "Range" composite is...
10-16-22, 06:09 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,249
Posted By Ironfish653

Upgraded my OG Night Sun with 12v LEDs, from...

Upgraded my OG Night Sun with 12v LEDs, from 5w/20w to 25w/50w, and the battery from that giant Ni-cad to a Li-ion pack that fits in the seat bag and lasts 3x as long.
Bright enough now, even if the...
Forum: BMX
10-16-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 889
Posted By Ironfish653

I think that's why 26ers like the Big Ripper are...

I think that's why 26ers like the Big Ripper are so hot right now. They're big enough that you can use them as an everyday "grown-up" bike, but still able to throw it around at the park or the pump...
10-16-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 543
Posted By Ironfish653

Nope, no way. The OP is obviously building a...

Nope, no way.
The OP is obviously building a 559-wheeled high -racer. Or a 650c TT bike. Or a racing wheelchair. Or an exact replica of Rolf Hammerdog's 1997 UCI World Championship winning XC bike....
10-15-22, 09:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 543
Posted By Ironfish653

No offense, guys, but when someone comes in...

No offense, guys, but when someone comes in asking a really non-specific question about a really niche product (and 26" tubs are a niche within a niche) it's hard not to wonder if they really know...
Forum: BMX
10-15-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 889
Posted By Ironfish653

Since you haven't actually seen anyone ride a BMX...

Since you haven't actually seen anyone ride a BMX bike in the 30+ years they've been around,; whether it's racing or freestyle, you usually ride standing on the pedals. The seat is primarily for...
10-15-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 543
Posted By Ironfish653

Are you sure you know what you're asking for?...

Are you sure you know what you're asking for? Tubulars, also known as "Sew-Ups" consist of a lightweight casing that has literally been stitched closed around an equally lightweight inner tube,...
10-08-22, 11:25 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 4,092
Posted By Ironfish653

OP 's idea of bike theft sounds like someone...

OP 's idea of bike theft sounds like someone who's never stolen anything.

Just sayin'. :innocent:
10-07-22, 06:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 734
Posted By Ironfish653

Why the need for carbon? Since it’s a rim-brake...

Why the need for carbon? Since it’s a rim-brake 26er, it’s either an inexpensive bike, or old, since high-end 26ers went disc brake about Y2K.

Only carbon, rim-brake 26” wheels I can come up...
10-07-22, 02:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 662
Posted By Ironfish653

Decent 27" wheels are not hard to find, nor are...

Decent 27" wheels are not hard to find, nor are they very expensive. In fact, most of them come with 126mm freewheel hubs, so it's a straight swap for your vintage "ten-speed "

Here's a nice set...
10-01-22, 09:38 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,110
Posted By Ironfish653

You're all wrong: THIS is a Pinnacle : ...

You're all wrong: THIS is a Pinnacle :
...
10-01-22, 03:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 709
Posted By Ironfish653

As a late-in-life arrival to road bikes, after...

As a late-in-life arrival to road bikes, after the better part of 4 decades on MTBs, "max pressure -5 psi" seems awfully high, especially for 1.95"-2.1" tires.
I mean, 20-30 is just fine for rocks...
09-22-22, 07:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 868
Posted By Ironfish653

That's a weird comparison. It almost sounds like...

That's a weird comparison. It almost sounds like you're trying to decide which bike to buy, rather than which one to keep?:foo:
The KLEIN was a state of the art bike 20 years ago, the Tarmac was...
09-20-22, 11:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 124
Posted By Ironfish653

Could be paint buildup in the threads at the...

Could be paint buildup in the threads at the bottom of the insert; could be the threads at the bottom of the hole didn't get fully tapped. Either way, running a chasing tap down the holes should sort...
09-20-22, 09:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 465
Posted By Ironfish653

Here's a place to start: Bike Tires Direct:...

Here's a place to start: Bike Tires Direct: Gravel Tires 700 x 40 (https://www.biketiresdirect.com/search/gravel-tires?fltr=3755+3777&so=i)

I like a fish-scale or 'file' tread for an all-arounder,...
09-20-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 751
Posted By Ironfish653

Also, if you have a particular brand or era...

Also, if you have a particular brand or era you're looking for, like "Pre- TREK" era Klein bikes or Cannondale ST's, for example; you can do some research (FB owners' groups are a good place) to find...
09-20-22, 03:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 620
Posted By Ironfish653

I'm not sure that I've had a bike that had enough...

I'm not sure that I've had a bike that had enough brakes to lock (skid) the front wheel on dry pavement, and I'm not sure why that would be a performance goal to chase.

Pretty much all of my...
09-18-22, 11:43 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 12,742
Posted By Ironfish653

Ok, see here I said: "A lot of Traditional...

Ok, see here I said: "A lot of Traditional Cyclists take the act of riding a bicycle very seriously"

​​​​​​Most of us understand that while we take cycling seriously (most of the time) not...
09-17-22, 07:08 PM
Replies: 445
Views: 12,742
Posted By Ironfish653

A lot of Traditional Cyclists take the act of...

A lot of Traditional Cyclists take the act of riding a bicycle very seriously; you have to go and do your miles; “The Work is the Reward” (Puritans, again, lol)
E-bikes get people out riding...
09-17-22, 02:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 388
Posted By Ironfish653

​​​​​I agree, but not for the reasons I think you...

​​​​​I agree, but not for the reasons I think you have. The OP bike in question is an old Rock Hopper, which, I suspect OP is trying to make like a modern MTB.
A 1x makes sense if you ride trails...
09-16-22, 08:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,440
Posted By Ironfish653

There's a lot of different "straight" bar shapes,...

There's a lot of different "straight" bar shapes, and a lot of different bike layouts that they go on. Some of them, like the sit-up-and-beg 'comfort' bikes, are quite slow. Ease of use is their...
09-16-22, 08:06 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,440
Posted By Ironfish653

.[/QUOTE] Neutral position is wherever the...

.[/QUOTE]

Neutral position is wherever the normal, unforced alignment of your wrists when your arms are extended.


Everyone knows that this should align perfectly with a set of properly...
09-14-22, 05:07 AM
Replies: 8,377
Views: 2,700,908
Posted By Ironfish653

Dipping another toe into the vintage MTB game; my...

Dipping another toe into the vintage MTB game; my flea-market find ‘89 KLEIN Pinnacle

I wasn’t really looking for a rigid 1980s MTB, but you don’t walk away from a $100 Klein.
With no real...
09-09-22, 06:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 263
Posted By Ironfish653

It depends. Kids grow (get bigger) and develop...

It depends. Kids grow (get bigger) and develop (bike) skills at all different rates. By the time you make it “perfect,” they may indeed, have outgrown it.

It may be a bit of a crapshoot to locate...
09-06-22, 08:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 627
Posted By Ironfish653

I like where you’re going with this, although I...

I like where you’re going with this, although I think we should establish a separate /sub for them in Mechanics (I propose naming it “Hold My Beer”)
That way, if they pull a Moisture or TimTak,...
09-06-22, 07:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 627
Posted By Ironfish653

I might be tempted to try it, as a styling...

I might be tempted to try it, as a styling exercise; but certainly not on "mY fAvOrItE bIke EvAr"

Study a couple different bikes that have internal cables and see how they are laid out and go...
09-04-22, 12:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 230
Posted By Ironfish653

Also, I've found on RSX brifters, that if you...

Also, I've found on RSX brifters, that if you shift down (release) without enough tension on the cable, the knarp (cable end) can come out of it's groove and jam between the pulley spool and the...
09-04-22, 11:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 113
Posted By Ironfish653

Headshok and Lefty steerers from the US-built...

Headshok and Lefty steerers from the US-built bikes are all the same size*. Should be a straight -up swap
09-03-22, 08:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 238
Posted By Ironfish653

Here's the problem with old MTBs; Old Suspension....

Here's the problem with old MTBs; Old Suspension. Not every bike shop is a suspension specialist, and there are literally hundreds of models currently on the market, let alone all the vintage stuff,...
09-02-22, 05:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 599
Posted By Ironfish653

Nah, we read his first post; (the one they...

Nah, we read his first post; (the one they locked) we know where he’s coming from.
Presenting a selection of the one-star reviews from Amazon as his opening evidence smacks of confirmation bias....
09-02-22, 04:15 PM
09-01-22, 07:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 599
Posted By Ironfish653

It's a $25 hybrid tire, what exactly are you...

It's a $25 hybrid tire, what exactly are you expecting from it? If you're unsure, for a few bucks more, you can get into some Michelin Protek's or the Schwalbe Marathon family.
Either way, I'd get...
09-01-22, 10:05 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,262
Posted By Ironfish653

To get to 10 posts to get around the spam filters.

To get to 10 posts to get around the spam filters.
08-30-22, 09:27 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 3,487
Posted By Ironfish653

Every town has a "Professor Mc Nuttly" ours has a...

Every town has a "Professor Mc Nuttly" ours has a long white beard, and rides a 'bent with a flag (actually at least two; a highracer and one with a faring) Guy is fearless; I've seen him on roads...
08-27-22, 10:36 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,662
Posted By Ironfish653

Frames that are so tight on brake clearance that...

Frames that are so tight on brake clearance that you can't remove or install a wheel without letting the air out of the tires.

Also, pad adjustments on old post-mount canti brakes. Usually found...
08-25-22, 04:22 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 2,495
Posted By Ironfish653

Whoa, pump the brakes there, Hoss! You’re...

Whoa, pump the brakes there, Hoss! You’re picking the wrong battle with the wrong guy. Not that LDL needs anyone to defend him, but if you’ve been in any of the other dozen-odd pedal posts, he’s got...
08-13-22, 06:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,423
Posted By Ironfish653

I’m not trying to assign blame, but there’s no...

I’m not trying to assign blame, but there’s no way any kind of shop should have sent it out the door with the post that far over the line.
Was this a direct-to-consumer sale? “Advertised as being...
08-12-22, 10:50 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,750
Posted By Ironfish653

Oh, it is. Faster, too :thumb: ...

Oh, it is. Faster, too :thumb:

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08-12-22, 08:52 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,750
Posted By Ironfish653

Maybe because I came up MTB 'ing in the early...

Maybe because I came up MTB 'ing in the early 1990s on ridgids and short -travel hardtails, that I've found the opposite to be true; I'm a lot more aggressive about getting off the saddle, and even...
08-11-22, 03:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 850
Posted By Ironfish653

I think a lot of it would depend on how often you...

I think a lot of it would depend on how often you travel, how long you're staying, and how you're getting there.
If, say, you go to Corporate HQ for a few days, a handful of times a year, I might...
08-11-22, 12:21 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,750
Posted By Ironfish653

There's really no substitute for time and miles...

There's really no substitute for time and miles in the saddle. Just like any physically demanding activity, you're going to have to do it often enough, like every other day, at least, and push...
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